Obesity is at critical levels for our pets, and sadly, we humans are usually the cause. Whether we're offering bagfuls of treats during training sessions or sharing leftovers after every meal, extra calories and not-so-healthful ingredients can quickly end up as extra pounds on your beloved canine friend. And just like humans, extra weight can contribute to less than ideal health issues. While you should get advice from your vet if your dog is suffering from clinical obesity, there are ways to help prevent the weight gain in the first place. Below I offer five tips to help keep your pup trim and healthy:
1. Stay within Spot's usual daily rations
When training or offering treats, take a handful of kibble from your dog’s daily ration and use that for treats.
2. Check the labels on the extras you’re giving Fido
Often snacks and treats are loaded with hidden, unwanted sugars and calories.
3. Make your own easy low-calorie treats
It’s surprisingly easy and fast, and you control the ingredients. Looking for recipe ideas? Here are a simple trail mix and basic dog biscuits.
4. One word: VEGGIES
If your best friend loves vegetables, then substitute dog-safe options for the high-calorie treats. Fibre fills them up, but be careful not to over do it or you may have a little extra gas around the house. 😉
5. Step up the exercise
Just like humans, to maintain a healthy weight, calories consumed should not exceed calories used. So make sure you get your pup outside for regular workouts.
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Note: The tips on this website are general in nature, and A Capable Dog acknowledges that all dogs are individuals. For professional advice, diagnoses and treatment options for your specific dog, consult with your trainer, veterinarian or other animal health practitioner.